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Check Your Local Listings: It's Gametime
8:59 A.M. SATURDAY, JAN. 31, 2009
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

What a glorious Gameday Saturday. It's a balmy 35 degrees outside and we are approximately eight hours from tip-off. We won't overflow you with unnecessary nuts and bolts this morning, so, without further ado, SATURDAY'S OPENING LIST:

Saturday Multimedia Miscellanea Madness
Live Audio Live Stats Game Notes

The Big 12 Network. Today's game will be carried live on The Big 12 Network. Pop Quiz: What channels will carry the game? Simple - here's your answer. For those Wacoan Bears, it will be on The CW (Channel 165 on Time Warner and Channel 15 on Grande).

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: Missouri Tigers (17-4, 4-2)
• Missouri (17-4, 4-2) snapped its four-game winning streak following an 88-72 loss at Kansas State Wednesday night. Mizzou had scored 97 points in its previous victories before being held to 72 points -- it's lowest offensive output since Jan. 10 at Nebraska (a 56-51 loss).
• 13 of Missouri's 17 wins have come at Mizzou Arena -- the Tigers are perfect 13-0 at home.
• Dating back to last season, Mizzou has won 14 consecutive home games and 15 of its last 16.
• With 17 wins, Missouri has already surpassed last season's win total (MU finished 16-16). Since finishing 22-11 in 2002-03, Missouri hasn't won more than 18 games in a season (MU finished 18-12 in 2005-06)
• Mizzou, currently ranked 2nd overall in the Big 12 with 84.8 points, has just two players averaging double figures -- DeMarre Carroll (16.4) and Leo Lyons (14.0). Carroll is the Tigers' leading rebounder at 7.0 boards through 21 games.
• No Tiger is averaging more than 26.0 minutes; Carroll is logging the most minutes of any Mizzou player with 25.9 minutes. Zaire Taylor (24.4), J.T Tiller (22.5) and Lyons (21.5) are the only other Tigers seeing more than 20.0 minutes of play.

Series History
• Missouri leads the all-time series 10-9
• The Bears have won the last two series meetings -- one on a neutral floor and one at home -- but have not won in Columbia since 1948.
• Baylor is 5-8 vs. Missouri in the Big 12 era and 3-4 under Scott Drew.
• Baylor is averaging 95.7 points in its last three wins vs. Missouri -- all three by margins of 10 or more points.

10 THINGS TO WATCH TONIGHT
• Saturday marks the 20th meeting in the series (Missouri leads 10-9).
• Baylor is 5-8 vs. Missouri in the Big 12 era and 3-4 under Scott Drew.
• Baylor is averaging 95.7 points in its last three wins vs. Missouri -- all three by margins of 10 or more points.
• Over the last nine seasons, Baylor has had much more success vs. Big 12 North schools than those in the South. Baylor is 25-31 (.446) vs. Northern schools and just 17-60 (.221) vs. Southern schools.
• Baylor currently ranks 7th in the nation in scoring at 82.2 points per game and 3rd overall in the Big 12.
• Six Bears are averaging more than 24.0 minutes through six Big 12 games, accounting for 93 percent of Baylor's minutes in conference play.
• Baylor is 7-1 when five or more players score in double figures this season and 14-4 when four or more reach double digits.
• Baylor is 12-1 this season when holding a lead of 10 or more points (3-0 away from home).
LaceDarius Dunn currently owns a streak of 25 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer made -- the third-longest streak in Baylor history. He is five games shy of tying Tevis Stukes' mark of 29 straight games set during the 1999-2000 season. He has made at least one 3-point field goal in 49 of his 51 career games.
Kevin Rogers needs 68 rebounds to become just the 5th player in school history with 800 career rebounds.

We'll catch you on the flip side in February...AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


BREAKING NEWS: Micheal Williams' Free Throw Streak Safe
10:19 P.M. FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2009
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Former Baylor Bear and 10-year NBA veteran Micheal Williams' record for consecutive free throws made is safe for another season...Toronto's Jose Calderon's streak of consecutive free throws made ended at 87 when he missed his second attempt in the fourth quarter of Friday's game vs. Milwaukee. Williams made 97 straight in 1993 as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Wazzou Has 'The ZZU'; Mizzou Is 'The Zou'...I'm Confuzzzzzzzzed.
3:59 P.M. FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2009
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

See if you can follow me here, ok? Nearly two months ago, Baylor went on the road to picturesque Pullman, Wash., and the Palouse to defeat Washington State on its home floor. Remember that? Well, there student section is referred to as The ZZU, a play off the school's nickname, Wazzou. Well, Missour goes by Mizzou which is evident by its semi-new $75 million arena, Mizzou Arena. It is as spacious as it is palacial. So, don't be confused - Wazzou was December...Mizzou is January.

Air FCP was almost 40 minutes late departing Waco as we had to 'defrost' our plane...That's Wacoan for 'de-icing the plane'. We landed at CoMo's (local lingo for Columbia, Missouri) Regional Airport sometime after 11 a.m. As we were decending, I noticed several places still had glimpses of snow and ice on the ground. I was hoping to get a quick nap in, but instead, we headed straight to practice at Mizzou Arena.

Lace Tabbed to Basketball Prospectus' All-Underrated Team. John Gasaway of the Basketball Prospectus justifies his 10-member All-Underrated Team...He follows two simple criteria: 1) Must be having a phenomenal season while playing a major role and 2) Must be someone who should be but is not usually included in any...discusion of the best players in the country at that position. Clear? Lace is number three alphabetically on the list, but NUMBER ONE in our hearts:

LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor (So.). Dunn is just about perfectly situated to be underrated. On the one hand he fits what I call the Daequan Cook Criterion, in honor of the former Ohio State shooting guard who would come off the bench, well, shooting. Same with Dunn. The casual fan will say "He doesn't even start!" but the truth is Dunn, like Cook, was an elite recruit who chose to sign at a school with a deep and experienced backcourt. Dunn doesn't start, but during his minutes he shoots way more often than any other Bear does. He should: Dunn is far and away Scott Drew's most efficient scoring option. (Just don't expect to see any assists from the sophomore.) Speaking of a perfect situation for being underrated, Baylor has fallen short of expectations and indeed their NCAA hopes are very quietly falling into jeopardy, so while everyone is looking elsewhere Dunn is having an outstanding year.

The Proverbial Fork in the Road to the Final Four, brought to you by The Bleacher Report: The B/R's Jameson Fleming is now mulling over his latest Bracketology findings. The results? Well, he has Baylor a little higher than other 'bracketologists' as the Bears are No. 7 seed in the East Region taking on No. 10 Dayton.

ESPN's Big Monday Update, brought to you by FCP. All of you (I hope) are aware of Monday's Big Monday game taking place at the Ferrell Center, right? If you don't know, then shame on you and get out from under that rock. Monday's 8:05 p.m. tip vs. defending national champion Kansas will be televised live in Sweet, Maginificent High-Definition (for Jon Brown, who apparently only watches HD channels) with Ron Franklin (pxp) and our favorite former coach, Fran Fraschilla (color). Holly Rowe was slated to be our sideline reporter for Monday's tilt; however, Holly has been moved to the Tennessee women's basketball game as head coach Pat Summit chases career win #1,000.

And, finally...I would like to welcome Kyle Cornish and the "K" Corner to the blog-tastic voyage that is BearBlogs Unlimited. It is sad to WWW leave, but it is what it is! We'll catch you tomorrow when we preview the Mizzou game. Until then...AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


Now, THAT'S Meeting-the-President Cool
2:10 P.M. THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2009
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

For those Baylor men's basketball fans not in attendance for last night's national showdown between the 3rd-ranked Lady Bears and 2nd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, you missed an obvious celebrity sighting. The 43rd President of the U.S. George W. Bush and his wife Laura attended last night's women's basketball game at the Ferrell Center. And, what do you know? FCP got to shake President Bush's hand. Of course, some of you probably are thinking: 'Oh yeah? How do we know YOU met the President? And, what were you doing at the game?' While Wednesday was a night off for men's basketball, I was working with the TV crew (Sooner Sports Network). Hey, it pays and I got to see El Presidente. There is possible photographic evidence of the meeting as I trust our friends at Baylor Photography will prove me right in the next few days...IN A PERFECT WORLD, I'd like to say he reads FCP on a regular basis or has subsribed to an BaylorBears.com RSS Feed.

But, alas, I don't think 'W' reads FCP, although I would strongly encourage it. So, that's my one cool story of the year. Maybe, President Bush will return to the Ferrell Center for a men's game soon (might I suggest Big Monday, Feb. 11 vs. Oklahoma or Feb. 14 vs. Texas A&M).

Today's Blog Roll is rather slow, so we'll get you up-to-date on a few former Baylor Bears...

  • Harvey Thomas Named CBA Player of the Week. Thomas averaged 21.6 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Patroons last week as they went 4-1 on the road. For those unfamiliar with the CBA - HT plays for the Albany Patroons, one of CBA franchises.
  • Micheal Williams Not Worried if Jose Calderon Breaks His Record. Toronto Sun writer Mike Ganter caught up with former Baylor Bear star and NBA player Micheal Williams, who runs a construction company in the Metroplex. Williams currently holds the NBA record for consecutive free throws made at 97 which has stood for 16 years. Toronto's Jose Calderon has made 86 in a row.
  • No Link...Just straight information. Former BU great Terry Black will return to the Ferrell Center Monday night as the "B" Association's Legend of the Game...
That's it for today...I'm off to pack my bags for chilly Columbia, Mo. And, according to The Weather Channel, Friday night is perfect for installing floor tile as it will be 22 degrees. Brrrrrrr. So, until tomorrow, AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.

Step Away from Your Panic Button...Slowly
2:52 P.M. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2009
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

We've finally reached the peak of the week...Wednesday. Now, we can enjoy our rapid decent to the weekend. I will ask everyone nicely - please step away from your panic button. Back away...slowly. There's no need to panic. Although the Bears suffered a tough 78-72 loss to No. 11 Texas last night, Baylor is still in very good position in the Big 12 standings...Quick history lesson - Baylor is off to its second-best regular season start in the Big 12 era (15-5). The best start? 16-4...last season. BU is one game off its record-setting season pace from a year ago. If you remember last season, Baylor lost 6 of its next 7 games after starting 4-0 in Big 12 play. Like I said, NO. NEED. TO. PANIC. Unprovoked panic causes stress. Stress doesn't make you feel well. And, if you don't feel well, you can't go to the game. So, let's not do that.

And, while Baylor did come out on the short end last night against the Longhorns, there are still several positives to take from the game. For instance:

  1. Baylor held Texas to a season-low 27 points in the first half.
  2. CJ started his 100th career game, becoming just the fourth player in BU history to start at least 100 games.
  3. Lace extended his streak of consecutive games with a made 3-pointer to 25 games.
  4. Dos Tres recorded his 6th double-double of the season and 23rd of his career.
  5. The aforementioned Mr. Tres moved into 5th place at Baylor with 732 career rebounds.

The computers STILL have confidence in the Bears as Ken Pomeroy's nifty computer projects Baylor to finish 21-9 overall with a 9-7 mark in the Big 12. FCP will overlook R2D2's projection for Saturday (an 11-point loss...FCP thinks Ken's computer needs a projection correction).

While the Bears were handed just their second home loss in 13 games at the Ferrell Center this season, Baylor hits the road again as it visits another Big 12 North school - Missouri. If you remember from last week, BU had much success at Kansas State, routing the Wildcats by 18 as LaceDarius Dunn put on a 3-point shooting clinic.

And, while we speak of schools from the Sunflower State, Baylor hosts defending national champion Kansas on Monday, Feb. 2 on ESPN for something called Big Monday. Ever heard of it? You should - it's made-for-primetime college basketball. Speaking of Big Monday...

The State Farm Baylor Hour, hosted by the one-and-only John Morris, will be held outside the Ferrell Center prior to the Kansas game, beginning at 6 p.m. The show will feature former BU players and analysis leading up to the game. A tent will be set up outside the front entrance of The Hizzeeeeee; for $10, the first 500 fans can purchase a BBQ sandwich and side item from Rudy's, a drink and a Baylor mini-basketball. Sound like a good deal? Well, it is. Just don't be the 501st fan...But, all fans are encouraged to come early and participate in the radio show.

Whiteout. It's my favorite office product and it will soon be your favorite marketing promotion...All fans in attendance for Monday's game will receive a free Baylor Basketball t-shirt, courtesy of Texas Farm Bureau Insurance. Wear it and WHITEOUT the Ferrell Center.

It's not Geography...it's Bracketography. In my weekly synopsis of self-proclaimed bracketologists' analytical and sometimes preposterous March projections, I forgot to mention Bracketography's latest ponderings. For the second consecutive week, Baylor is holding steady as a No. 6 seed - this time in sunny Miami against No. 11 Villanova. The Baylor-Villanova contest is paired with No. 3 Clemson/No. 14 Cornell. FCP Errata Count: Somewhere in the thousands.

Remember...We're only six games into a 16-game Big 12 Conference schedule. Don't panic. Take a deep breath. And, please step away from the panic button...Slowly. AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


Super Tuesday Hoops...With a Side of Sleet and Freezing Rain
2:29 P.M. TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2009
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Before you ask, WE ARE STILL PLAYING TONIGHT. Waco was spared the majority of the frozen precipitous stuff this morning as the Weather Channel dubbed Ice Storm hit the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Oklahoma and other Midwestern states. But, in the meantime, it still looks pretty nasty outside of the Simpson Center. That mood will change, however, in - oh, say - about 8 hours when we tip off the 229th meeting between Baylor and Texas.

As of 8 a.m. today, Ferrell Center press row seating was no longer at a premium...It was full. No seat was left open. Until 11 a.m., when the flood gates opened...But, at last count, we will have somewhere in the ballpark of 15-16 NBA scouts in attendance for tonight's game.

While ESPN dubs every Tuesday as 'Super', I definitely think today's rivalry game is certainly worthy of the Super adjective. Tonight's game will tip at 8:05 p.m. (TV time) on the Big 12 Network...And, before you start asking me about the Big 12 Network, complete TV listings can be found here. For those BU fans in the Waco area with Time Warner Cable, tune to The CW on Channel 165 (Digital Tier). Dave Armstrong (pxp) and Reid Gettys (color) will serve as tonight's TV talent.

Tuesday's [FROZEN] Multimedia Miscellanea Madness
Video Live Audio Live Stats Game Notes In-Game Blog

Yesterday, we discused the importance of home court advantage in the Big 12. Didn't believe me? Big 12 teams are 18-10 at home in conference play (the top 5 teams are a combined 12-0 at home - OU, KU, Mizzou, UT and Baylor). Still don't believe me? Check out Brad Sham's entry today on the Big 12 Network's blog, Covering the Baseline.

Power Me Up: Curtis Jerrells and LaceDarius Dunn continue their dribble-drive upwards in the Rivals.com Top 25 Position-by-Position Power Rankings. CJ has jumped up to No. 17 among the nation's elite point guards, while Kool is No. 20 among shooting guards. Now that's out of the way...Here's tonight's preview:

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: THE TEXAS LONGHORNS (14-4, 3-1 Big 12)
Texas improved to 9-0 at home this season with a 67-58 win over Texas A&M on Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center. Texas is off to a 3-1 start in Big 12 play -- one-half game head of Baylor in the standings. Texas is averaging more than 10.0 points less than Baylor offensively, scoring 71.9 points in 18 games. texas has only three players averaging in double figures -- A.J. Abrams (16.9), Damion James (15.6) and Gary Johnson (11.3). James and Johnson rank 1-2 for the Longhorns in rebounding with 8.2 and 6.9 boards, respectively. The Longhorns' are averaging only 4.9 3-point field goals made per game, compared to Baylor's 8.9. Abrams has accounted for 51 of Texas' 88 3-point field goals.

Series History
Texas leads the all-time series 153-75 and holds a 62-45 advantage in Waco. Tuesday marks the 229th meeting between the schools, the most-played rivalry for both. Texas has won the last 22 series meetings -- all 22 wins have come under 11th-year head coach Rick Barnes. Baylor last defeated Texas, 80-75, on Feb. 21, 1998, in Waco. Baylor is 0-11 vs. Texas under head coach Scott Drew.

5 Things to Watch for Tonight
• Baylor has defeated Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech at home in the same season only once in the Big 12 era (BU defeated all three in the 1997).
• Baylor is 3-7 vs. Top 25 teams since the start of the 2007-08 season (1-1 at the Ferrell Center).
• Baylor is 6-31 vs. Top 25 teams at home since the 1996-97 season.
• LaceDarius Dunn currently owns a streak of 24 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer made -- the third-longest streak in Baylor history. He is five games shy of tying Tevis Stukes' mark of 29 straight games set during the 1999-2000 season. He has made at least one 3-point field goal in 48 of his 50 career games.
• Curtis Jerrells has started all 99 games of his collegiate career and, with his next start, will become only the third player in Baylor history to start 100 or more career games.

Be sure to Pack the Ferrell tonight for the Battle for I-35. And, if you can't make it to the Ferrell, be sure to turn down the volume on your flat-screen TVs and turn up ESPN 1660 AM on your radio or visit 1660ESPN.com with The Voice of the Baylor Bears John Morris and the best color commentator, Mr. Pat Nunley. AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


For Those of You that Haven't Been Paying Any Attention After Five Games, Home Court Advantage in the Big 12 is Crucial
1:19 P.M. MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2009
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Pop Quiz: A) 2-0, B) 3-2, C) 1-2, D) 3. What do these numbers represent? Since my name is usually last in everything alphabetically, let's start in reverse with D.

D: 3 stands for the next three home games that could very well determine several things in the Big 12 standings - Tuesday vs. Texas; Monday, Feb. 2 vs. Kansas; and Wednesday, Feb. 11 vs. Oklahoma. C: 1-2 is Baylor's road record in the Big 12 so far after a commanding win at Kansas State on national TV and a difficult 19-point loss at OU Saturday. B: Baylor is currently 3-2 and in 5th place in the Big 12 standings. Baylor is in the midst of a tough four-game stretch of its Big 12 schedule. A: Baylor has won its first two Big 12 home games (2-0) and looks to keep its perfect conference home court record intact Tuesday vs. the Longhorns.

Baylor fell to 15-4 (3-2 in the Big 12) after a 95-76 loss at No. 5 Oklahoma on Saturday. CJ finished with a game-high 26 points (and is averaging 25 points in his last 3 games), while Lace chipped in 20 and four triples. Norman is a difficult place to play - every time Blake Griffin touched the ball, the Lloyd Noble Center would erupt. A noise similar in fashion after Lace knocks down a 3 or two at the Ferrell.

Like with the last three Mondays...We'll continue our Monday Bracketology Report. First up: CNNSI. According to Andy Glockner's column, Bubble Watch, there is only one lock to make the NCAA Tournament and that's Oklahoma. Texas is the only Big 12 team that 'Should Be In', while Baylor is one of five Big 12 teams 'In the Mix'. So, BU has gone from Lock to Should Be In to In the Mix in the matter of three weeks.

Keeping with CNNSI for one more...Glocker also published his The Seed Report on FanNation. Baylor is a No. 7 seed, alongside Gonzaga, Tennessee and Kansas.

Now for the Always trusty Ubiquitous College Basketblog that is Rush The Court. After picking the Bears to make a Sweet 16 run last week, RTC now has the 7th-seeded Bears getting bounced in the first round by Davidson!?! IMO, I think Stephen Curry is the best shooter in the country. Hands down. I want to see him play in the NCAA Tournament; just not playing Baylor.

AND, FINALLY...It's now time for FCP Nation's favorite game - Where in the World is Baylor Going. Week four of ESPN's Super Bracketologist Joe Lundari's Bracketology is out and - four the second straight week - Baylor is listed as a No. 7 seed. Baylor has moved from "The Land of 10,000 Lakes" to the "City of Brotherly Love"...BU is projected to play No. 10 Notre Dame in Philadelphia (South Region). So, for those of you scoring at home, Inside Baylor Sports' Robert Shiekh and Lawrence Gilligan, The Voice John Morris and the best color commentator Pat Nunley have logged their most bracket miles to date - the distance from Waco to Philly is approximately 1,585 miles. Add it all up...4,911 miles. Now, we're getting somewhere. Here's your Bracketology Tracker:

Jan. 5 - No. 8 seed vs. Michigan (Greensboro, N.C.), EAST REGION (1,178 miles)
Jan. 12 - No. 6 seed vs. Dayton (Minneapolis, Minn.), EAST REGION (1,074 miles)
Jan. 19 - No. 7 seed vs. Florida State (Minneapolis, Minn.), MIDWEST REGION (1,074 miles)
Jan. 26 - No. 7 seed vs. Notre Dame (Philadelphia, Pa.), SOUTH REGION (1,585 miles)

PUT IT IN YOUR PLANNER...CIRCLE IT ON YOUR CALENDAR...TIE A GREEN RIBBON ON YOUR FINGER...Baylor faces the 12th-ranked Texas Longhorns at 8 P.M. at the Ferrell Center. The game will be televised on the Big 12 Network (THE CW in Waco...Time Warner Channel 165 and Grande Channel 15). We'll have more info for you tomorrow. And, as always...BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


Seth Davis Thinks Baylor in line for Upset Saturday
3:33 P.M. FRIDAY, JAN. 23,2009
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

North Carolina lost at home to Boston College. Wake Forest lost at home to Virginia Tech. Stuff happens, and it's about time for it to happen to the Sooners. BAYLOR 79, Oklahoma 77. That statement, according to SI.com's Seth Davis. If Seth Davis says it, then it is so.

In last week's ESPN.com Power Rankings, Baylor dropped out of the Power Top 25 after receiving just 15 points. But, after beating Oklahoma State (in OT) and Kansas State (on the road), BU received just seven points this  week. Interesting. Here's voting breakdown: Jay Bilas - NR, Hubert Davis - 22, Pat Forde - NR, Fran Fraschilla - 25, Doug Gottlieb - NR, Andy Katz - NR, Joe Lunardi - NR, Dana O'Neil - NR, Mark Schlabach - NR, Dickie V - 24.


Saturday Has the Making of a Classic Big 12 Showdown
11:11 A.M. FRIDAY, JAN. 23,2009
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

I'm sure you are all aware that Saturday is a big game for Baylor. A BIG GAME. I mean a B-I-G game. The 23rd-ranked Bears visit the 5th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners tomorrow in Norman at 3 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU with Dave Armstrong (pxp) and Jon Sundvold (color). Big. Game. And, in case you were living under a rock or are still using rabbit ears to watch TV (for those that are, remember: America goes digital on Feb. 17.), Baylor exhibited its offensive firepower Wednesday night on ESPN2. And, by 'offensive firepower', that's code for LaceDarius Dunn. Lace was in 'the zone'. Literally. Dunn was firing on all cylinders, connecting on a school-record-tying 9 treys to lead the Bears to an 83-65 win at K-State.

Question: Why is FCP rehashing Wednesday's game when you already talked about it yesterday? Simple - Saturday's game will be determined by who can effectively - and quickly - score and score often. Baylor and OU are high-scoring teams, so tomorrow's game should be a fun one to watch.

Here's a three things I thought you might be interested in before I continue with my Saturday preview:

  1. Big12Sports.com now allows fans to vote on the Big 12's best play of the past week. Voting begins on Thursdays and runs through the following Thursday. This week - Baylor is featured in four of the seven plays. Watch here. Vote here.
  2. CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm projected his 65-team NCAA Tournament field on Wednesday. Baylor is picked as No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 Miami (Fla.) in Kansas City.
  3. For all the love we put Rush The Court's way, we got this in our inbox yesterday: The self-proclaimed college basketblog that is forever ubiquitous listed its worst home basketball courts in America...And, the Ferrell Center was one of the nominees. That's not very nice. At the time of this post, more than 2,700 votes were submitted - Baylor received 5 percent (139 votes), while Texas A&M was receiving the most at 34 percent (913 votes).

Saturday Multimedia Miscellanea Madness
Live Audio Live Stats Game Notes

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: OKLAHOMA SOONERS
The No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners improved to 18-1 overall and 4-0 in Big 12 play after a 72-61 win over Nebraska Wednesday night in Norman. Oklahoma currently sits one game ahead of Baylor in the Big 12 standings. OU is led by Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Blake Griffin, who is averaging 22.3 points and 13.6 rebounds in 32.5 minutes. Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year Willie Warren is second for the Sooners with 15.0 points in 30.4 minutes. Tony Crocker is third on the team with 10.5 points. Unlike Baylor, Oklahoma has only three players averaging in double figures as the offense runs through the sophomore Griffin. While Griffin is averaging a Big 12-leading 13.6 boards, Oklahoma is averaging just three more boards per game than the Bears.

Series History
Oklahoma leads the all-time series 33-5 and 16-2 in Norman. Baylor is 0-10 vs. Oklahoma under head coach Scott Drew and have not defeated the Sooners since Dec. 6, 1977, in Norman (a 75-67 BU victory). Oklahoma has won the last 28 meetings (all 24 Big 12 era meetings). Last season, Baylor fell short of snapping its losing streak to Oklahoma in a 92-91 overtime thriller in Norman.

15 Things to Note Entering Saturday's Game at OU

  • Baylor (15-3) is aiming to snap its 28-game losing streak to the Sooners, dating back to 1977. (Baylor is 0-24 vs. Oklahoma in the Big 12 era).
  • Since the 1996-97 season, Baylor is 10-65 vs. national ranked opponents and 3-33 under head coach Scott Drew.
  • Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 530 straight games -- the second-longest active streak in the Big 12. Baylor has connected from 3-point range at least once in every game since going 0-for-8 in a home win vs. Texas Tech on Feb. 21, 1990.
  • LaceDarius Dunn currently owns a streak of 23 consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer made -- the third-longest streak in Baylor history. He is seven games shy of tying Tevis Stukes' mark of 29 straight games set during the 1999-2000 season. He has made at least one 3-point field goal in 47 of his 49 career games.
  • On Wednesday, Dunn tied a school record with 9 3-point field goals, scoring a season-high 33 points in a 83-65 win at Kansas State.
  • Both Dunn and David Hamilton hit their record-tying 9 treys on the road in conference play.
  • Curtis Jerrells needs 1 assist to become only the second player in BU history with 1,000 points, 400 assists and 100 steals.
  • Over the last nine seasons, Baylor has had much more success against Big 12 North schools than those in the South. Baylor is 25-31 (.446) the last nine seasons vs. Northern schools and just 17-60 (.221) vs. teams in the South.
  • Baylor is a combined 9-66 in the Big 12 era vs. its next four opponents. BU has never defeated Oklahoma (0-24) in the Big 12 era.
  • Baylor's 18-point win at Kansas State on Wednesday is its largest margin of victory on the road in the Big 12 era. The previous mark was 17 points, which the Bears set at K-State in 1997.
  • Baylor currently ranks 8th in the nation in scoring at 83.1 points and 3rd overall in the Big 12.
  • Scott Drew currently ranks 6th all-time at BU in victories and trails Gene Iba by 16 wins for 5th place.
  • Since winning only once in its first 32 Big 12 road games (1-31) under head coach Scott Drew, Baylor has reeled off five wins in its last 10 chances on the road in Big 12 play.
  • Thiis year's senior class -- Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers and Mamadou Diene are 5-5 on the road in the Big 12 since starting 0-16.
  • Seniors Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat and Kevin Rogers have combined for 3,686 points, accounting for 49.1 percent of Baylor's offense since arriving in 2005-06.
One final thought...Don't forget to turn down the volume on your TV set and turn up The Voice of the Baylor Bears John Morris and the BEST color commentator in the business Pat Nunley on ESPN 1660, 1660ESPN.com or by clicking this icon: Live Audio (for Doug). Pre-game will begin at 2:30 p.m. AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.

'Q' Named AthlonSports.com Big 12 Freshman of the Week
4:09 P.M. THURSDAY, JAN. 22,2009
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

After solid showings in his first two career starts, freshman forward Quincy Acy has been named AthlonSports.com Big 12 Freshman of the Week on Thursday. Acy scored 17 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked three shots in last Saturday's 98-92 OT win over Oklahoma State. He followed with 12 points and nine boards last night at Kansas State. Solid. While we are on the subject of Q, Fort Worth Star-Telegram writer Dwain Price wrote a great article on Acy in Wednesday's edition of The Dallas Morning News.

Here's THURSDAY'S UNOFFICIAL CLOSING LIST: Baylor crept up one spot to No. 19 in this week's Power Rankings on FOXSports.com. In Baylor's brief write-up, the words - Jerrells. Big 12 Player of the Year. worthy - were mentioned...In keeping with the CJ Theme, Jerrells is ranked No. 19 in the latest Rivals.com Top 25 Point Guard Power Rankings...The nation's most-feared 3-point shooter, LaceDarius Dunn, is ranked No. 24 on Rivals.com's Top 25 Shooting Guard rankings...And, it appears The Bleacher Report is quickly becoming a fan of Mr. Jerrells.


Well Dunn: Wildcats 'Dunn' in by Hot Shooter
11:39 A.M. THURSDAY, JAN. 22,2009
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That was the headline in this morning's The Hutchinson News in Hutchinson, Kan. That hot shooter was LaceDarius Dunn whom the 9,386 fans at Bramlage Coliseum last night got to know really well during Baylor's 83-65 victory over Kansas State.

Dunn was lights out - the Monroe, La., star scored a season-high 33 points, connecting on a school-record-tying 9 triples to lead Baylor to its largest Big 12 road win in school history. Baylor's 18-point win trumps its 17-point triumph in Manhattan in 1997 - the first year of the Big 12. Dunn tied the school mark of 9 triples in a game set by David Hamilton on Feb. 14, 1995, at TCU. The impressive note? Both players tallied 9 treys ON. THE. ROAD. in conference play (Hamilton, of course, in the SWC). Not to be overshadowed, Dunn extended his streak of consecutive games with a made 3-pointer to 23 games - the third-longest streak in Baylor history. He has now made at least one 3-point field goal in 47 of his 49 career games.

LACE LOVES THE SUNFLOWER STATE
In two trips to Kansas, Dunn has lit up the scoreboard for 28.0 points in only 26.0 minutes. Last season at Kansas, Dunn scored 23 points, while connecting on 5 treys in just 20 minutes. Dunn is 18-of-34 (52.9 pct) from the floor and 14-of-22 (63.6 pct) from 3-point range in his two trips to the Sunflower State.

OTHER NOTABLE NOTES OF INTEREST: Baylor's 20-point lead (81-61) at the 1:43 mark of the second half Wednesday night was its largest in Big 12 play this season...Baylor's 18-point win is its largest margin of victory against Kansas State...Tweety dished out a career-high eight assists...The Qookie Monster was stellar again - 12 points, 9 rebounds in 37 minutes...CJ needs one assist to become only the second player in school history with 1,000 points, 400 assists and 100 steals...Baylor is now 10-3 in TV games this season and 11-9 all-time on the ESPN family of networks...For the second consecutive game, BU played just seven players and six of them accounted for the Bear's entire offense...Baylor is now 2-0 on the road when I wear my red tie (which features circles and pink accents)...However, I'll be finding a new tie for Saturday's game at OU.

Unfortunately, Baylor's impressive road win and Lace's career night was overshadowed. Here's reason #1, #2 and #3. Common Denominators: #1 and #3 feature Baylor opponents (one won, one lost)...#2 has no video, but the game featured a 75-foot bank shot at the buzzer to win.

AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


'Q' is for Quincy Acy, Qookie Monster and Big 12 Top 10 Frosh
12:21 P.M. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009
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Follow me here - His name is Quincy Acy. He goes by the nicknames Q and The Cookie Monster. So, isn't it almost required to change the 'C' in Cookie to a 'Q'? Yeah? Maybe? Possibly? Well, The 'Qookie' Monster is at it again. After recording his second career double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds) in his first career start Saturday vs. Oklahoma State, Acy was listed as one of the Big 12's Top 10 Freshmen in this morning's Lawrence Journal-World.

Here's LJW's Top 10: 1. Willie Warren, Oklahoma; 2. Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas; 3. Marcus Denmon, Missouri; 4. Keiton Page, Oklahoma State; 5. Marcus Morris, Kansas; 6. QUINCY ACY, BAYLOR...

LJW's Frosh Forecast on Acy: Baylor coach Scott Drew obviously has high expectations for the 6-7 Acy, who started his first game Saturday against Oklahoma State. He responded with 17 points and 12 boards. He's also fifth in the Big 12 in blocked shots at 1.35 per game.

Alright, so maybe changing 'Cookie' to start with the letter 'Q' is a tad bit of a stretch, but I'm going to stick with it anyway. My guess is that it will become a colloquialism like soda, y'all (Yes, all of us), gonna, wanna, and so on and so forth. It could be or, then, again, maybe I'll just stick with the ones I know that are effective...AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


What's Manhappening in the Little Apple?
9:51 A.M. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009
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The American Heartland. The Home of Oz, Dorothy, Toto, Baylor Softball SID Kyle Cornish (not to be confused with Toto) and Kansas State. The 23rd-ranked Baylor Bears face the latter tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com. Terry Gannon (pxp) and Stephen Bardo (color) will make the call this evening...The pair called the Bears' game last Wednesday at Texas A&M and will also call the Oklahoma game on Feb. 11 in Waco.

FCP's Garmin Says...
[I don't really have a Garmin, but...] Manhattan is located about 50 miles west of Topeka on the Kansas River. "The Little Apple" is located in the Flint Hills region of Kansas...There's your Big 12 geography lesson this morning. I hope you took notes...We will have a quiz later.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: THE KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
Kansas State (11-6, 0-3) is 10-1 at home this season, but has lost its first three Big 12 games to start conference play - including a 61-53 home loss to Oklahoma. Unlike Baylor, K-State has just two players averaging more than 10 points per game - Jacob Pullen (13.7) and Denis Clemente (12.4). But, the Wildcats have six players averaging 7.5 points or more. All 10 of Kansas State's home wins have been by 10 o more points, including five by at least 25 points.

Series History (Kansas State leads 10-9)
Kansas State leads the all-time series 10-9 and 7-3 in Manhattan. Baylor is 3-3 in its last six trips to Manhattan - all in the Big 12 era. Baylor is 0-2 in Manhattan under head coach Scott Drew. 10 of the last 11 series meetings have been decided by 9 points or less (Baylor is 6-4 in those contests). FCP STATLINE OF THE NIGHT: Baylor is 4-0 in the series when holding Kansas State to less than 60 points.

What's for Lunch? Well, I can tell you one thing that I won't be having for lunch today - Chipotle. If you have a chance today, you should visit the Simpson Center and Wednesdays With Webguy, Brad Sheffield. Why, you ask? Well, WWW won a free catered lunch by Chipotle today and, since I am not there to revel in the excitement, you can go in my place. Tell him FCP sent you.

Don't forget: Turn down the volume on your TV tonight and turn up The Voice of the Baylor Bears John Morris and THE BEST color commentator in America Pat Nunley on ESPN 1660 AM and 1660ESPN.com. Pre-game will begin at 7:30 p.m. We'll see you on the other side...Sic 'em Bears. AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


In the End, We are Still on the ESPN 'Ticker'. More Exposure. The End.
9:47 A.M. TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009
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If you were at the Ferrell Center on Saturday - or if you watched our game on the Big 12 Network - then you know that senior guard Curtis Jerrells was 'as cool as the other side of the pillow' against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He poured in a season-high 31 points for his fourth career 30-point outing. How 'cool' is he? So cool that he is featured on Big12Sports.com's Big 12 This Week.

All Your TV Questions Answered
Waco Tribune-Herald sports writer John Werner wrote a story in this morning's edition of the Waco Trib about Baylor's TV schedule. Remember: tomorrow's game is on ESPN2 and Saturday's is on ESPNU. Both games next week (Texas and Missouri) will be on the Big 12 Network (TV listings will be posted later this week for the Texas game).

And, now...Our Daily Look at the forever College Basketblog that is drenched in Ubiquity - Rush The Court
In RTC's fifth edition of 'Never Too Early for Bracketology', Baylor is holding strong as a No. 5 seed after splitting a pair of games in Big 12 play last week. The Bears are slated to face No. 12 Dayton in the first round, defeating the Flyers and later the No. 4 Xavier Musketeers to set up a Sweet 16 date with No. 1 Duke. This week's play-in game: Alabama State and Morgan State. Wow.

RTC's Weekly Assessment of the Big 12 goes as follows: Baylor dropped two spots to No. 3 in this week's Big 12 Power Rankings on Rush The Court. Oklahoma reclaimed the top spot, followed by Texas at No. 2. Saturday's matchup between Baylor and Oklahoma State was tabbed as the Big 12 Game of the Week.

Even though the Bears fell out of the AP Top 25 Poll Monday, Baylor is still No. 23 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll. What does that mean? In the end, we are still on the ESPN 'Ticker' at the bottom of your 42-inch HD TV (ahem, Wednesdays With Webguy). Which means "More Exposure" for the Bears since they do play SIX more games on the ESPN family of networks. The End.

AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


Mixed Media Monday
5:11 P.M. MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2009
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It took me nearly five minutes to contrive this afternoon's title...I even threw in some alliteration. We'll save the onomatopoeia for another day. Sunday Morning Point Guard took a day off yesterday, so FCP will give you the breakdown and the shakedown from Saturday's overtime win vs. Oklahoma State. But, before we move on to SMPG, Baylor dropped two spots from No. 21 to No. 23 in this week's ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll today, but fell five spots and subsequently out of the AP Top 25. Baylor's omission from the AP Poll snapped the Bears' streak of seven consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25...However, the Bears are ranked for a school-record sixth consecutive week in the Coaches Poll.

SUNDAY MORNING POINT GUARD...THE MONDAY AFTERNOON EDITION
Baylor overcame a 17-point first-half deficit and a hot-shooting Oklahoma State team to take a 98-92 overtime win at the home over the Cowboys. That's the largest deficit the Bears have faced this season and the second-straight game the Bears were down by 16 or more points. In homage of Baylor's 14th win of the season Saturday, here's 14 notable notes from that 98-92 victory:

  • After Oklahoma State started the game 12-of-19 from the floor (63.2 pct), the Cowboys finished the first half 1-for-12.
  • Baylor took its first lead of the game at the 15:14 mark of the second half.
  • For the first time this season, Baylor had six players score in double figures - Curtis Jerrells, Quincy Acy, Tweety Carter, LaceDarius Dunn, Kevin Rogers and Henry Dugat.
  • All 6 players accounted for Baylor's 98 points.
  • Quincy Acy made his first career start in Saturday's game.
  • Acy recorded his second career double-double, scoring a career-high 17 points and pulling down a career-high 12 rebounds.
  • Curtis Jerrells scored 26 of his season-high 31 in the second half and overtime periods.
  • Kevin Rogers became the 7th player in school history to record 700 career rebounds, pulling down nine boards. He now has 701 career rebounds.
  • LaceDarius Dunn extended his streak of consecutive games with a made 3-pointer to 22 games - the third-longest streak in Baylor history. He has now made at least one 3-point field goal in 46 of his 48 career games.
  • Baylor is now 6-2 in overtime games under head coach Scott Drew.
  • Saturday's attendance of 8,651 is the largest Ferrell Center crowd this season and the largest since March 5, 2008 vs. Texas A&M (10,545).
  • Curtis Jerrells is tied for 10th all-time at Baylor with 22 career 20-point games and 5th all-time with four 30-point games.
  • Baylor teams have made at least one 3-point field goal in 529 straight games.
  • Baylor snapped a five-game losing streak when allowing 80 or more points.

BRACKETS, BRACKETS AND STILL MORE BRACKETS
ESPN resident bracketologist Joe Lunardi unveiled his third edition of his Bracketology earlier today. And, unfortunately for myself, IBS' Robert Shiekh and Lawrence Gilligan, The Voice John Morris and the best color commentator Pat Nunley, our bracket ventures are stuck in neutral. For the second consecutive week, the Bears are projected to play in beautiful - and very cold - Minneapolis. Brrrrrrrrrrr. The Bears drop one seed to No. 7 against No. 10 Florida State.

And, for those of you scoring at home, Inside Baylor Sports' Robert Shiekh and Lawrence Gilligan, The Voice John Morris and the best color commentator Pat Nunley are stuck in neutral with 3,326 bracket miles after three weeks. Here's the Joe Lunardi 'Where in the World is Baylor Going' Bracketology Tracker:

Jan. 5 - No. 8 seed vs. Michigan (Greensboro, N.C.), EAST REGION (1,178 miles)
Jan. 12 - No. 6 seed vs. Dayton (Minneapolis, Minn.), EAST REGION (1,074 miles)
Jan. 19 - No. 7 seed vs. Florida State (Minneapolis, Minn.), MIDWEST REGION (1,074 miles)

Bracketography Opines...
Baylor as a No. 6 seed vs. No. 11 Northern Iowa in Kansas City (Midwest Region). That game is projected to be paired with No. 3 Louisville and No. 14 Portland State.

...While The Hoops Report thinks Baylor is a No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 Utah State. Hmmmm.

Poll Me. Baylor is listed No. 24 for the second straight week in CBSSports.com's Top 25 (and one) Poll. Baylor was leapfrogged by Arizona State (from 25 to 19), Ohio State (from unranked to 22) and Memphis (from unranked to 23). And, BU fell five spots from No. 17 to No. 22 in this week's CollegeHoops.Net's Top 50.

AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


A Blockbuster Saturday
10:37 A.M. SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 2009
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Have you heard of 'Hallmark Holidays'? You know, the ones that Hallmark creates to sell more greeting cards for the most random, off-the-wall 'holidays' of the year? Well, today is ESPN's Blockbuster Saturday - not to be confused with ESPNU's Bracket Busters. However, Baylor's game vs. Oklahoma State is not part of the 'Block' party. Oh well...

FCP took another day off Friday to finish preparing for today's game with the Cowboys. It should be an exciting day at the Ferrell Center. Here's your Saturday Morning Preview:

Saturday Multimedia Miscellanea Madness
Video Live Audio Live Stats Game Notes In-Game Blog

Remember, today's game is on the BIG 12 NETWORK...A list of regional and national syndicated affiliates. For the complete TV listings for today's game, click here.

FYI: FOR THE REMAINDER OF BAYLOR'S HOME SCHEDULE, ALL HOME GAMES WILL HAVE DELAYED VIDEO IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF EACH GAME. FOR LIVE VIDEO, ACCESS ESPN360.COM.

FYI, Part II: BE SURE TO TURN INTO BAYLORBEARS.COM AFTER THE GAME TO WATCH THE POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE, THANKS TO WEDNESDAYS WITH WEBGUY.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: OKLAHOMA STATE
• Oklahoma State (12-3, 1-0) enters Saturday's game on a seven-game winning streak and will be playing just its third true road game this season. In December, the Cowboys lost 83-65 to Washington (Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood Series) before defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
• OSU opened the season 5-0 before suffering back-to-back losses to then-No. 9 Gonzaga and then-No. 5 Michigan State at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.
• In its three losses this season, Oklahoma State has given up at least 83 points.
• James Anderson leads all OSU scorers with 17.8 points on 51.7 percent shooting from the floor, including 45.3 percent from 3-point range. Obi Muonelo is second with 15.1 points, followed by Terrel Harris (14.5), Byron Eaton (13.0) and Keiton Page (10.3). Muonelo leads the Cowboys with 9.7 rebounds through 15 games.

Series History
• Oklahoma State leads the all-time series 47-14, but the Cowboys are only 15-11 in Waco.
• Baylor has won the last two meetings in Waco -- a 86-82 win on March 3, 2007, and a 79-71 triumph Jan. 15, 2008.
• In the Big 12 era, Baylor is 5-21 against Oklahoma State.

Last Time vs. Oklahoma State [Feb. 13, 2008]
• Byron Eaton matched his career high with 25 points and added a season-best eight assists as Oklahoma State held off a second-half push by Baylor for a 93-83 win in Stillwater.
• Eaton scored 16 points before halftime as the Cowboys surged to a 20-point lead on the strength of 55 percent shooting before Baylor started a comeback.
• The Bears scored the first six points of the second half to get back in the game and got within single digits when Henry Dugat capped an eight-point surge with a three-point play that made it 58-49 with 11:53 remaining.
• Baylor had a chance to get even closer. After Kevin Rogers' layup got the Bears within 71-62 with 5:41 left, Curtis Jerrells picked off an outlet pass at midcourt but was unable to connect on a 3-pointer from the right wing.
• James Anderson answered with a three-point play at the other end for Oklahoma State, and that started a run of eight straight points that extended the Cowboys' lead to 17.
Tweety Carter scored nine quick points in under a minute to get Baylor back within nine in the final minute, and Rogers got the deficit down to 91-83 with a putback with 15.8 seconds left but it was too late then for a real rally.
• Anderson ended up with 17 points, Terrel Harris scored 15 and Marcus Dove and Obi Muonelo added 13 apiece for Oklahoma State (12-12, 3-7), which has won its last two home games after its worst start in Big 12 play.
LaceDarius Dunn led Baylor with 26 points, Carter scored 18, Jerrells added 13, and Dugat had 10.

Enjoy the game...Be sure to turn down the sound on your HD TV and turn up ESPN 1660 with the best radio crew in the nation...The Voice of the Baylor Bears John Morris and The Best Color Commentator in the business, Pat Nunley. AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


The Doctor is 'Out'
12:19 P.M. THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2009

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After a late night in College Station, FCP is taking a 'blog-cation' day...We have a few things on the docket to take care of before Saturday's game vs. Oklahoma State. Speaking of Saturday's game, here's the complete list of in-state and out-of-state markets carrying the game. See you tomorrow.

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Five Overtimes Revisited
11:35 A.M. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2009

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January 23, 2008. That date is forever etched in the annals of the Big 12 Conference as well as the Scott Drew era at Baylor. 116-110. Five overtimes. The longest game in Baylor and Big 12 history. Tonight, the 21st-ranked Baylor Bears return to College Station for the first time since last season's historic five-overtime triumph to take on the Texas A&M Aggies at 8:30 p.m. And, unlike last season, this year's meeting is on television...National television. ESPN2, to be exact. And, if for some strange reason you are not near a TV, but do have internet access, there's a good chance you can watch the game on ESPN360.com.

Wednesday Multimedia Miscellanea Madness
Video Live Audio Live Stats Game Notes

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: TEXAS A&M
On Saturday, Texas A&M (14-2, 0-1) saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end after a 72-61 loss at Oklahoma State in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Texas A&M is 10-0 at home this season -- seven of the Aggies' 10 home wins have been by 10 points or more. Four Aggies are averaging double figures, including Josh Carter (13.1 ppg), Donald Sloan (11.6 ppg), Bryan Davis (10.3) and Chinemelu Elonu (10.1). However, only two players are averaging more than 30 minutes. Elonu leads the Aggies with 7.3 rebounds through 16 contests, followed by Davis with 6.4 boards.

FCP WEDNESDAY NIGHT STAT LINE: Twice. Wednesday marks only the second time in the 90-plus-year rivalry that the Bears are nationally ranked when facing the Texas A&M Aggies. Baylor's No. 21 ranking is the highest for the Bears in the series. Editor's Note: Baylor was ranked No. 19 in the AP Top 20 Poll on Feb. 11, 1969 - one week after defeating Texas A&M, 66-65, in Waco.

Series History
Tonight is the 198th installment of the Battle of the Brazos. Texas A&M leads the all-time series 125-72 and holds an 72-28 series advantage in College Station. Baylor has won two of its last five trips to College Station - both overtime victories, including last season's 116-110 five-overtime victory. Baylor's five-overtime victory last season was the Bears' first win as a Top 25 team (BU was ranked No. 25) in nearly 40 seasons. Three of the last four series meetings have been decided by 10 points or more. Baylor is 3-5 vs. Texas A&M in the month of January since the inception of the Big 12.

Last Time vs. Texas A&M [March 5, 2008]
Josh Carter and Donald Sloan scored 17 points apiece as the Texas A&M Aggies beat the Bears 71-57, avenging a five-overtime loss in College Station on Jan. 23. DeAndre Jordan grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked six shots for the Aggies, who won for the second time in six games after losing their last two road games by 27 points. Curtis Jerrells and Mamadou Diene scored nine points apiece for Baylor, held under 60 points for the first time this season. The Bears, the Big 12's second-best 3-point shooting team, went 4-for-19 from long range and shot 21-for-63 (33 percent) from the field overall. But the Bears shot only 24 percent (7-for-29) and missed all nine 3-point attempts in the half as the Aggies led 26-21 at the break. Tweety Carter sank Baylor's first 3-pointer with 17:33 left and Jerrells hit another one a minute later to give the Bears their first lead, at 31-30.

Five Overtimes Revisited [Jan. 23, 2008]
Last year's game in College Station brought national attention to the Baylor Bears, but it is still fresh in the minds of many entering tonight's showdown. Baylor's five-overtime victory last season has added some extra national attention alongside the Bears' Top 25 ranking. Be Loud, Be Proud. We'll see you tonight at Reed Arena.

AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


Dick Vitale Always Looks Good on a Resumé
2:27 P.M. TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2009

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Back in October, ESPN announcer Dick Vitale listed Baylor No. 30 in his preseason Top 40 Poll and specifically said to 'Remember the name, LaceDarius Dunn.' Do you remember that? Well, Dickie V has yet to forget Lace's name because the loquacious announcer put Kool on his All-Rolaids Specialists team Monday. Of Dunn, Dickie V said he's an "explosive athlete who provides instant offensive firepower." 

That statement is one of fact if you consider is streak of 11 consecutive points in Saturday's 73-61 win vs. Texas Tech. Joining Dunn as All-Rolaids members are: Jon Leuer (Wisconsin), Gilbert Brown (Pitt), Chad Toppert (New Mexico), Gary Johnson (Texas) and Marshon Brooks (Providence).

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Dickie V voted Baylor No. 18 on his Top 25 ballot this week.


Be Your Own Bracket Scientist...
10:30 A.M. TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2009

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It's no secret that I thoroughly enjoy reading all the experts' individual takes on the anatomy of the 2009 NCAA Tournament bracket. In my daily morning routine that is my blog roll today, I stumbled upon this website - BracketScience.com. It even features historical brackets and its own BracketMaster software. I'm sticking with ESPN's Joe Lunardi for my official Bracketology. Anyway, thanks for playing...

While we are on the topic of brackets, CollegeHoopsNet has the Bears - still - as a No. 6 seed, along side Villanova, Louisville and Gonzaga. Washington, Boston College, Kansas and UNLV are this week's No. 11 seeds. According to The Hoops Report, Baylor is a No. 7 seed against No. 10 Wisconsin in the Glendale Region. The winner? Presumably gets No. 2 Clemson (I think No. 15 Robert Morris concedes the win). FYI - Baylor is still not ranked in The Hoops Report Top 25.

Power Rankings, and such. Senior Curtis Jerrells is No. 19 in the latest Rivals.com Point Guard Power Rankings. This week's new No. 1 on the list is one the Bears have already seen - Wake Forest's Jeff Teague.

Set Your TiVo's. Wednesday's much-anticipated showdown between No. 21 Baylor and the Texas A&M Aggies is listed as one of the 'Five Games to Watch,' according to Rivals.com. Oh yeah, and it's No. 4 on CNNSI's Games of the Week.

Wednesdays With Webguy is Awesome...I don't know if you've noticed, but resident Baylor web guru Brad Sheffield (aka WWW) has been posting weekly interviews and post-game press conference footage on BaylorBears.com. Don't believe me? It's on the front page right now and here's a direct link that will open in your Windows Media Player. And, speaking of video...

ESPNU's Feature on Baylor Practice is now available on Big 12 This Week on Big12Sports.com.

Flying 'Under the Radar'. Baylor is listed as one of 10 teams 'flying under the radar,' according to The Sports Take. Baylor is joined on the list by Saint Mary's, BYU, Minnesota, Florida, California, Florida State, Xavier, Marquette and Wake Forest...BTW, Baylor is listed as one of Wake Forest's signature wins.

Ken Pom's Prediction Continues. Ken Pom is still sticking with his latest prediction for the Baylor Bears. KP has the Bears finishing 22-8 overall, meaning the Bears will go 9-6 down the stretch (10-6 in Big 12 play). Only time will tell.

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING...
As of Sunday, Baylor currently ranks EIGHTH nationally in scoring offense, 11th in scoring margin, 10th in field goal percentage and 23rd in 3-point field goals per game. LaceDarius Dunn ranks 19th in 3-point field goals per game, 46th in 3-point field goal percentage and 90th in free throw percentage. Curtis Jerrells is 29th in the nation in assists per game, while Henry Dugat is 33rd overall in steals per game. Kevin Rogers is 70th nationally in field goal percentage and 99th in rebounds per game.

AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


I Hear Minnesota is Beautiful in March: ESPN Bracketology, Second Edition
4:44 P.M. MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2009

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Last week, it was Greensboro, N.C. This morning, it was sunny South Beach and Miami on Bracketography.com. This afternoon, Baylor's projected to visit the 'Frozen Tundra' of Minneapolis. Ah, the home of Target and the Mall of America, which is built on the site of old Metropolitan Stadium - the original home of the Minnesota Twins - and also has Harmon Killebrew's red chair hanging on the wall. No, seriously. Look it up.

I hear Minnesota is beautiful in March...Average high: 41 degrees. Average low: 23 degrees. Miami vs. Minneapolis? If I had my druthers...I side with Robert Shiekh and pick the sunshine! And, now, back to the bracket...

In Joe Lunardi's second edition of Bracketology, he had Baylor as a No. 6 seed vs. No. 11 Dayton in Minneapolis. As we all know, the 6-11 game is paired with 3-14...No. 3 Michigan State and No. 14 American. For the most part, bracket 'experts' have Baylor in the East Region, jumping between Boise and Minneapolis.

So, if you're scoring at home, Inside Baylor Sports' Robert Shiekh, The Voice John Morris and the best color commentator Pat Nunley have traveled 2,252 bracket miles in two weeks. Here's the Joe Lunardi 'Where in the World is Baylor Going' Bracketology Tracker:

Jan. 5 - No. 8 seed vs. Michigan (Greensboro, N.C.), EAST REGION (1,178 miles)
Jan. 12 - No. 6 seed vs. Dayton (Minneapolis, Minn.), EAST REGION (1,074 miles)

Here's Lunardi's take on this week's Bracketology. In other news: Baylor is listed first in Rush The Court's weekly assessment of the Big 12. One more thing before we go (actually, two) - Baylor is No. 47 in the latest Inside RPI Daily on ESPN.com...And, tonight. State Farm Baylor Hour. Live at Rudy's. From 6-7 p.m. With John Morris. 1660 ESPN Radio and 1660ESPN.com.

AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


Monday's Starting Lineup
12:47 P.M. MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2009

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It's Monday...Another week, but not just another other week. It's Baylor's first full week of Big 12 play as the Bears travel to College Station on Wednesday for the Battle of the Brazos and then return home to host Oklahoma State on Saturday. THE REAL SEASON began with a bang on Saturday as LaceDarius Dunn (see yesterday's post) put on a clinic that included 11 consecutive points to lift the Bears to a 73-61 win vs. Texas Tech. If that wasn't enough, Mr. Dos Tres, Kevin Rogers, posted 14 points and 14 rebounds for his 21st career double-double - and the 14th in Big 12 play. Dos Tres needs 15 rebounds to become just the seventh player in school history with 1,000 points and 700 boards in his career.

Keep in mind that, in addition to Rogers, Curtis Jerrells will be joining elite company in the next game or two. CJ needs 17 assists to become only the second player in school history with 1,000 points, 400 assists and 100 steals.

Rudy's. Baylor Hoops. Tonight.
Not to be forgotten in the Monday morning shuffle...Tonight begins the sixth year of the "State Farm Hour", a weekly radio program promoting Baylor Athletics. It is every Monday (thru May 11th) from 6-7 p.m. live from Rudy's and broadcast live on 1660 ESPN Radio and 1660ESPN.com. Like previous years, John Morris will take questions from the live Rudy's audience and phone-in questions to the radio station.

Without further ado...Here's Monday's OPENING LIST:

  • Movin' On Up to...No. 21. Baylor jumped two spots to No. 21 in this week's ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll. Baylor's jump came courtesy of Villanova dropped from No. 17 to No. 22 and No. 22 West Virginia dropping out of this week's poll. Baylor is also No. 21 in this week's AP Top 25.
  • Rush The Court. Bracketology. Early, I know. This week, Baylor is a No. 4 seed paired against No. 13 Miami University - Ohio, not Florida. You know? The school that produced Wally Szczerbiak and Baylor's Director of Basketball Operations, Stephen Brough. But, I digress...Anyway, Baylor's picked to beat the RedHawks, then defeat No. 5 Tennessee, advancing to face No. 1 Duke in the Sweet 16. Sweet.
  • More Bracketology...Brought to you by Bracketography. After Saturday's win, Baylor is featured a No. 6 seed against the Washington Huskies in Miami, Fla. The 6-11 game is paired with No. 3 Clemson and No. 14 George Mason.
  • More from Bracketography's finest...The Big 12 Pre-Conference Wrap. Baylor-related notes of substance: Baylor's 87-78 win over Arizona State is listed among the league's best non-conference wins...CJ is among five Big 12 Player of the Year candidates...And, The Cookie Monster is on their list for Big 12 Rookie of the Year candidates. Oh, Baylor is listed as the fourth-best team in the Big 12.
  • Back on CBSSports.com's Radar. One week after being ousted from CBSSports.com writer Gary Parrish's Top 25 (and one) Poll - essentially the Top 26 Poll - Baylor is back in the saddle again at No. 24...one spot ahead of Arizona State.
  • CollegeHoopsNet's Top 50 Rankings, Week Nine. Baylor climbed one spot to No. 15 in this week's CollegeHoopsNet's Top 50 Rankings.
[Insert sports clichè here] AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE. (BTW, 'Boom...Dynamite' fever is even sweeping Rush The Court.)

Sports Clichès: Sunday Morning Point Guard Edition
12:27 P.M. SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2009
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Sports clichès revisited.The following colloquialisms describe yesterday's game - He's on fire. EN FUEGO. He's unconscious. He's luck butter because he's on a roll. That's DUNN-believable. It's DUNN-tastic. Ok, enough is enough. In November, LaceDarius Dunn scored 27 points and single-handedly took over the game in Baylor's upset win over Arizona State at The House of Mouse. Saturday...the 'Raider Killer' - as coined by Waco Tribune-Herald sports writer John Werner - scored 20 points which included five 3-pointers and a string of 11 consecutive points to help Baylor to a 73-61 win over Texas Tech at the Ferrell Center.

DUNN-believable. Lace's 11-point run vs. Texas Tech buried the Red Raiders for good and lifted the 8,000-plus Ferrell Center crowd to its collective feet and...Well, Boom Went the Dynamite. Lace was - dare I say it - EN FUEGO. Not to be forgotten in the Lace Show was senior forward Dos Tres, Kevin Rogers. Rogers pulled down a season-high-tying 14 boards, while scoring 14 points en route to his 21st career double-double and the 14th against Big 12 competition.

Saturday Recap Multimedia Miscellanea Madness: Final Stats Postgame Notes Postgame Quotes

Random Thoughts from Saturday's win vs. Texas Tech:
* Baylor is 9-4 all-time when ranked in the AP Top 25, including 7-1 this season
* The Bears are now 5-8 in Big 12 Conference openers and have won the last two under Scott Drew
* Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 527 straight games...
* Lace extended his streak to 20 consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal - third-longest in BU history
* The Mayor moved into 10th place all-time with 81 blocked shots in Big 12-only games
* Dos Tres tallied his fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds...his 21st career double-double and his 14th during Big 12 play.

Wednesday Multimedia Miscellanea Madness (Early Edition)
 
Live Audio Live Stats

Wednesday's game will be aired live on ESPN2 with Terry Gannon (pxp) and Stephen Bardo (color)...So, no video will be available on BaylorBears.com but on ESPN360.com. Only live audio featuring The Voice of the Baylor Bears John Morris and The Man, The Myth, The Legend himself Pat Nunley.

And, finally...
Men's Basketball will be featured on the State Farm Baylor Hour on TOMORROW from 6-7 p.m., live from Rudy's on the 1660 ESPN Radio and 1660ESPN.com


Significant Numbers: 6, 16, 21, 22, 23
3:53 P.M. FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2009

CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

The latest ESPN.com Power Rankings were released today. While Baylor has taken a beating in a various "expert" polls, the Bears are ranked No. 23 in this week's Power Rankings, matching their Top 25 ranking in both the AP and Coaches Polls. So, what do those five numbers at the top represent? Why are they SO significant? Here's why:

SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS
6, Number of ESPN.com panelists that did not vote Baylor in their Top 25
16, Baylor's ranking by Hubert Davis and Doug Gottlieb
21, Baylor's ranking by Dick Vitale
22, Baylor's ranking by Mark Schlabach
23, Baylor's Top 25 ranking in AP Poll, ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, ESPN.com Power Rankings

There is not much separation between teams occupying spots 21-24 (there's a tie for No. 24) in this week's Power Rankings - 21 Louisville (35 pts), 22 Illinois (33 pts), 23 BAYLOR (29 pts), 24 Minnesota/Saint Mary's (28 pts). Baylor is still seven spots (and 54 pts) behind No. 16 Arizona State - the same Sun Devils team the Bears beat at The House of Mouse in November.

That's the beauty of rankings...They are subjective, objective and purely opinion. But, look at it this way, BaylorNation - Baylor has held its own in the AP Top 25 poll for six consecutive weeks...Entering this season, Baylor had been ranked five times in 102 seasons. However, THE REAL SEASON BEGINS TOMORROW. We'll see you tomorrow at The Hizzeeeeee!


The Real Season Begins
10:50 A.M. FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2009

CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

T.G.I.F. (We took Thursday off...There wasn't anything working FCP'ing about) It's Friday - know what that means? [Cutting to the chase] Since it's Friday, I'll make it easy for you...It means we are approximately 26 hours away from the official start of the Big 12 Conference season. Saturday, No. 23 Baylor will battle the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Big 12 opener (at 12:45 p.m.) for both schools on the Big 12 Network. THE REAL SEASON BEGINS TOMORROW.

Saturday Multimedia Miscellanea Madness
Video Live Audio Live Stats Game Notes In-Game Blog

It's baaaaaaack (not necessarily by popular demand! After a short holiday hiatus, the Baylor men's basketball in-game blog will be back in action courtside Saturday. And, it's even going to be in action next Wednesday for Baylor's Battle of the Brazos showdown with Texas A&M in College Station.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: Texas Tech
Texas Tech (10-5) opens Big 12 Conference play searching for its first true road win of the season Saturday when the Red Raiders visit the Ferrell Center. The Red Raiders are 1-4 away from the United Spirit Arena, with road losses at Lamar, UTEP and Stanford. Texas Tech lost to current No. 1 Pitt and defeated Mississippi State in Newark, N.J., on a neutral floor. Offensively, Texas Tech is paced by John Roberson and Alan Voskuil, who averaging 14.9 and 14.5 points through 15 games, respectively. Texas Tech has not won in Waco since March 2, 2005, under former head coach Bob Knight. Current Texas Tech head coach Pat Knight made his head coaching debut last season at the Ferrell Center, falling to the Bears 80-74 on Feb. 6, 2008.

Series History [Tech leads 73-43]
Saturday marks the Big 12 opener for both schools and the 117th meeting in the series. Texas Tech leads the all-time series 73-43, while BU holds a 28-25 series advantage in Waco. Baylor has won 4 of the last 5 meetings (4-6 under head coach Scott Drew) and the last three at the Ferrell Center.

Last Time vs. Texas Tech [March 8, 2008]
LaceDarius Dunn scored a career-high 38 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead Baylor past Texas Tech 86-73. Baylor finished near its Big 12-leading average with eight 3-pointers on 19 attempts, led by 6-of-9 shooting from Dunn. The Bears trailed by a point at halftime but started taking control with a 16-6 run in the first 6 minutes of the second half for a 52-43 lead. Dunn was 4-of-4 on 3-pointers during the run. Baylor later scored seven points in less than a minute, capped by another 3 by Dunn to push him past his previous career high of 27 against Brown in January, when he hit seven 3-pointers. The 7 points were part of a 10-2 run that put BU ahead 66-54 with 8:12 remaining. Baylor went up 78-63 on a dunk by Kevin Rogers with just more than 3 minutes remaining, and Tech had no more answers after that. Dunn was also hot from the line. He missed only one of his 13 free throws. Tweety Carter scored 16 points and Kevin Rogers added 10 for the Bears. Martin Zeno scored 27 and John Roberson added 25 to lead Tech. Alan Voskuil, who came into the game leading the conference in 3-pointers and averaging 13.3 points, was held scoreless.

BACK TO THE [BIG 12 NETWORK] BASICS
As I'm sure many of you have noticed, tomorrow's game vs. Texas Tech will be televised live on the Big 12 Network () at 12:45 p.m. CT. On Tuesday, we FCP'd about the evolution of the Big 12 Network - the network formerly known as ESPN Plus; it is still an ESPN Regional Television production, but it's produced on TV as the Big 12 Network. Capiche? For tomorrow's game, it will be broadcast live on the Big 12 Network in TEXAS ONLY. For a list of Texas markets, click here. Each week, FCP will post the Weekly Clearance list for in-state and out-of-state markets carrying the Baylor Big 12 Network contest. Those members of BaylorNation living outside the Texas borders can catch the game as part of the ESPN Full Court pay-per-view subcription package or ESPN360.com (check your local high-speed internet provider.

We also FCP'd earlier this week that Baylor will have EIGHT games on the Big 12 Network (remember: TV coverage and out-of-state markets change from game to game). In addition, EIGHT games of the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship will also be featured on the Big 12 Network.

We Need More Video
Thanks to the multimedia talents of New Media Coordinator/Multimedia Guru/Best Web Guy Ever/WWW Brad Sheffield, BaylorBears.com will be featuring post-game press conference and weekly post-practice interviews on both the main and men's basketball pages. You should check it out...And, be sure to tell WWW thank you.

Speaking of Wednesdays With Webguy...He highlighted the History of BaylorBears.com on his blog - gasp - on Wednesday. It's pretty cool - check it out.

Baylor Drops in this week's FOXSports.com Power Rankings. Baylor dropped seven spots (from No. 18) to No. 25 after the Bears' home loss to South Carolina last week.

As for Dropping...Baylor dropped OUT of this week's Blogpoll, while Gonzaga (9-4) and Tennessee (9-3) remained ranked. How's that for opinion?

THE REAL SEASON STATS TOMORROW...And, with that...BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


Aggregates and Really Simple Syndication
3:24 P.M. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7, 2009

CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Since the official launch of FCP sometime back in October, the FCP Mailbag has been overflowing with reader feedback...By 'overflowing', I mean I've discovered about 10 e-mails that inadvertently got sent to my Junk Folder. The common theme throughout the e-mails -- besides 'FCP is so awesome' or 'Tell Wednesdays With Webguy' to stop watching How I Met Your Mother and BLOG! -- is the use of RSS feeds. What is RSS? It's simple...actually, really simple. Really Simple Syndication, really. RSS is simply an XML format for distributing and aggregating Web content. Using RSS, Web content providers like BaylorBears.com can create and disseminate feeds that include news links, headlines, summaries and links back to BaylorBears.com for the full story.

In layman's terms, you use RSS feeds to update you on your favorite websites when you don't have time to visit them on a regular basis.

Most notably, people use RSS feeds to follow their favorite blogs...Well, here's the bad news - we have RSS feed capabilities for BaylorBears.com, but it is not available for our blogs right now. We are working hard to make it work...We'll keep you updated. But, you can RSS another blog...

Covering the Baseline. On Tuesday, a new blog called Covering the Baseline - in conjunction with Big 12 Network announcers - debuted on the Big 12 Conference web site. This will be a twice-a-week segment during the men's basketball conference season with each blog written by various announcers on Big 12 Network games such as Dave Armstrong, Reid Gettys, Doug Bell, etc.

Addicted to RSS Feeds? Here's another one to add to your list...Big 12 Insider with Wendell Barnhouse.

More and More Bracketology. The Hoops Report, which dropped Baylor from its weekly Top 25 list this week, posted its latest Bracketology projections on Tuesday. In what is becoming more of a trend, Baylor is a No. 8 seed, this time playing No. 9 Stanford in the Indianapolis Region. The winner? Gets No. 1 Pitt.

SI's Luke Winn Uses Long Division to identify tournament contenders and pretenders...It's not really long division, but it's pretty close though. Using 'defensive efficiency', Luke Winn tries to identify tournament contenders and pretenders. Lost yet? For those of you not familiar with defensive efficiency, it is how many points you score and allow per 100 possessions (according to Ken Pom). FCP's STATLINE: No Final Four team in the past five years has been ranked outside the top 25 in adjusted defensive efficiency. Just how accurate (or inaccurate) is this new science? Here's the breakdown of Contenders, Sleepers and 'Early Warnings' (click Luke's link to look at the entire chart):

THE CONTENDERS (AP Ranking): Pittsburgh (1); Duke (2); North Carolina (3); Connecticut (5); Georgetown (9); West Virginia (25); Gonzaga (unranked)

THE SLEEPERS (all unranked): Missouri; BYU; Kansas; Illinois; Butler; Miami, Fla.

THE DREADED EARLY WARNINGS LIST: Oklahoma (6); Notre Dame (13); Boston College (17); Minnesota (22); BAYLOR (23); Michigan (26); California (27); Arkansas (28)

I prefer long division, myself. How well will these numbers stack up? Only time will tell.


Bracketology: Can I Get the Language of Origin, Please?
3:55 P.M. TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Ok, so I don't think Bracketology will be used in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee. In fact, it's not even listed in Merriam-Webster's online dictionary. But, there are five variations of definitions for Bracketology on UrbanDictionary.com - four of which share some of the same common words in their definition...NCAA. Basketball. Bracket. The.

Anyway, while I won't be asking for the language of origin or asking fellow readers of FCP Nation to use it in a sentence, I will tell you that ESPN.com resident Bracketologist Joe Lunardi has posted his first NCAA 65-team bracket of 2009. I've even included his six-minute interview on ESPNews from yesterday afternoon. Lunardi's latest bracket musings have Baylor's stock falling - the Bears are listed as a No. 8 seed vs. No. 9 Michigan in Greensboro, N.C. The winner? Oh, they get North Carolina.

If the prognostications are indeed correct, the Big 12 would get the third-most bids of any conference behind the BIG EAST (9), ACC (7) and Big Ten (7). Hmmm.

Before we go...Doug Gottlieb fills us in on 'what he thinks, what he knows and what he wonders about this season'. And, if you are an ESPN.com Insider, you'd know because you can read this stuff. You should read; it contains some interesting things.

Bracketology. B-O-O-M G-O-E-S T-H-E D-Y-N-A-M-I-T-E.


Don't Adjust Your TV Sets...No, This is Not to Remind you about the Digital TV Transition
11:36 A.M. TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Tuesdays are generally slow around the ol' FCP office and this Tuesday is no different...As many of you may know, Saturday is the official start to the Big 12 Conference season as the Bears host the Texas Tech Red Raiders at the Ferrell Center for an approximate 12:45 p.m. tip. And, as I'm sure many of you have noticed since the schedule was been published in September, the media guide in October and each edition of game notes, Saturday's tilt with the Red Raiders is the first of EIGHT Big 12 Network telecasts for Baylor. The Big 12 Network? Yes, the Big 12 now has its own network - a list of syndicated affiliates that carry Big 12 games throughout the country.

Don't adjust your television sets...This is not to remind you about the Digital TV transition that is to take place on Feb. 17, 2009. Those commercials are getting annoying - yes, I get it...Digital TV...no archaic rabbit ears...yada, yada, yada. Have HD? Read this.

Big 12 fans will recognize this syndication as ESPN Plus or ESPN Regional Television...Well, this year ESPN Plus has been rebranded as the Big 12 Network. All your FAQs regarding the Big 12 Network can be found here.

So, FCP, how will I know if the game is on TV in my viewing area? Great question. Like years past, we will continue to provide a page on BaylorBears.com with the TV listings of that week's game(s). For instance, the TV listings for Saturday's game with Texas Tech are already posted. Saturday's game will be on the Big 12 Network in Texas markets only, but the game be seen live out-of-state on ESPN Full Court and ESPN360.com. Both Big12Sports.com and BaylorBears.com will provide Weekly Clearance information on what games will be played in which markets. The Big 12 has also provided a list of regional stations as part of the 2008-09 Big 12 Network Television package.

Guess what else? Not only will half of Baylor's Big 12 games be featured on the Big 12 Network, EIGHT of the 11 games during the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City will also be televised live on the Big 12 Network.

BAYLOR'S BIG 12 NETWORK TELECASTS
Jan. 10 vs. Texas Tech (12:45 p.m.)

Jan. 17 vs. Oklahoma State (12:45 p.m.)
Jan. 27 vs. Texas (8 p.m.)
Jan. 31 at Missouri (5 p.m.)
Feb. 21 at Oklahoma State (12:45 p.m.)
Feb. 24 at Iowa State (8 p.m.)
Feb. 28 vs. Colorado (3 p.m.)
March 7 vs. Nebraska (3 p.m.)

Here's the FCP Cliff Notes Summation:
* All 16 of Baylor's Big 12 games will be televised regionally and/or nationally
* ESPN Plus was rebranded as the Big 12 Network
*
All Big 12 Network games are an ESPN Regional Television production
* Digital TV transition will take place on Feb. 17, 2009
* Baylor has been ranked a school-record six consecutive weeks - the Bears had been ranked just five times in the previous 102 seasons
* Big 12 Conference play begins Saturday
* Men's Basketball will be featured on the State Farm Baylor Hour on Monday, Jan. 12 from 6-7 p.m., live from Rudy's on the 1660 ESPN Radio and 1660ESPN.com

AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE (IN HD, of course).


Nothing Like a Good Diatribe to Commence Big 12 Opening Week
1:37 P.M. MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

I'm hopeful by now BaylorNation and FCPNation alike have digested, dissected or theorized Friday's 85-84 heartbreaking loss to South Carolina at the Ferrell Center. Am I right? I purposely didn't blog on Saturday or do my weekly Sunday Morning Point Guard because I've been saving up for today...Keep in mind this number: 14 - that's the number of losses the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 endured last week. Baylor accounted for ONLY one of those losses. For those scoring at home, that's No. 23 in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Polls.

Baylor belongs - and STILL IS ranked - in both Top 25 polls. The Bears are ranked for a school-record 6th-consecutive week in the AP Top 25 and a school-record 4th-straight week in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25.

If you compare the numbers between the first 14 games of this season to those of last season, there is no discussion. This year's Bears are better statistically AND athletically. Dont' believe me? Here's a Comparison for Comparison's Sake of the three major offensive categories:

Scoring: 80.7 ppg (2007-08) vs. 83.5 ppg (2008-09)
Scoring Margin: +14.8 vs. +18.1
Field Goal Percentage: 48.6 pct (410-of-843) vs. 49.8 pct (398-of-800)

To reminisce about a previous discussion last month, One Game Does Not a Team Define. Ok, enough of that...Let's continue on with Monday's OPENING LIST:

Bracketography's Bracketology. It's always interesting to see: a) what self-professed bracketologists think and b) how quickly those brackets fluctuate. The last time we checked it out, my bags were packed for beautiful Boise, Idaho. This week? We're going to...Dayton, Ohio! - as a No. 6 seed vs. No. 11 Florida, paired up with No. 3 Michigan State and No. 14 North Dakota State. An interesting note about the NDSU Bison - they also have three 1,000-point scorers in the starting lineup.

Baylor Flexes Muscle in ESPN.com Power Rankings. Baylor moved up to a season-high No. 16 in the Jan. 2nd edition of ESPN.com's Power Rankings. Here's the breakdown: Bilas 18, Davis 14, Forde 15, Fraschilla 15, Gottlieb 18, Katz 19, Lunardi 20, O'Neil 17, Schlabach 16, Vitale 10. It's awesome, Baby!

FOXSports.com's Power Rankings. Baylor moved up to No. 18 in FOXSports.com's Power Rankings, as of Dec. 31. Where will the Bears land this week? We'll find out on Wednesday.

Ubiquituous Bracketology. FCP's favorite bloggers, Rush The Court, are at it again this week. On Sunday, RTC posted its Bracketology - Never Too Early Edition III. RTC continues to predict good things for the Bears come March as Baylor is projected to move to the Elite 8 (as a No. 6 seed vs. No. 11 Florida, again) to face current No. 1 Pittsburgh in Indianapolis.

Blogpoll, Week 5. Baylor jumped up one spot to No. 21 in the latest Blogpoll. Rush The Court has the Bears at No. 24 overall...

Ok, Back to Bracketography for just a second...Those guys over at Bracketography wrote a good article on the nation's best left-handed guards...and CJ got a mention.

CollegeHoops.net's Top 50. Baylor continues to hold strong in week eight of CollegeHoops.net's Top 50 Power Rankings at No. 16, falling six spots from No. 10. In similar news, Baylor was omitted from this week's The Hoops Report's Top 25.

Ken Pom's Computer Retabulates...And the Bears are projected to finish 22-8 overall with a 10-6 Big 12 record.

It's a relatively quiet week for Baylor basketball with only one game on the horizon. But, the real season begins on Saturday when the Bears open Big 12 Conference play with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


FCP's New Year's Resolutions
10:13 A.M. FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2009

CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Ah, breathe it in...It's 2009 - a new year and we are nearing the halfway point of Baylor's regular season. Today is game #14 on the docket - the final non-conference game of the season for the Bears before opening Big 12 play a week from tomorrow at home vs. Texas Tech.

Outside of preparations for today's showdown with South Carolina, there really isn't much on FCP's agenda, so I thought I'd share my FCP Resolutions:

  1. Continuous gratuitous use of 'AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE'
  2. Buy more Cougar Gold Cheese
  3. Dos Tres. Enough said.
  4. Help Wednesdays With Webguy with his blog EVERY Wednesday
  5. Occassional references to the Ferrell Center as The Hizzeeeeee!

Ok, so it's not much, but that's what I've decided to do for 2009. Not bad, huh? Well, it's only going to get better once Big 12 play starts. So, without further boredom, here's Friday's OPENING LIST:

Friday Multimedia Miscellanea Madness
Video Live Audio Live Stats Game Notes

Attack of the Infomercials
This is technically not Baylor-hoops related, but it's ESPN-related. Do you recall watching TV and then being inundated with those high-volume, annoying infomercials featuring Billy Mays? You know, the guy who promotes Aquapel, Bedazzler, Kaboom, Mighty Putty and OxiClean, among others...Well, he's now promoting ESPN360.com. Why am I mentioning this? Because today's game vs. South Carolina is on ESPN360.com, that's why.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION: South Carolina
South Carolina (9-2) snapped its eight-game home court winning streak on Tuesday with a 98-87 loss to No. 20 Clemson. The Gamecocks will now face its second Top 20 team in four days. USC allowed a season-high 98 points in their loss to the Tigers. Devan Downey leads all USC scorers with 20.6 points through 11 games. Zam Fredrick ranks second with 15.5 points, followed by Mike Holmes with 13.0 points and a team-best 9.0 rebounds. Dominique Archie is the fourth USC averaging double figures with 11.0 points.

Series History
Friday marks the third meeting in the series and the third consecutive season the teams have met. The series is tied 1-1 after Baylor won last season's meeting, 92-84, in Columbia, S.C.

Last Time vs. South Carolina (Dec. 19, 2007)
LaceDarius Dunn scored a career-high 24 points, including six of eight from 3-point range, as Baylor rallied from 20 points down to beat South Carolina 92-84. After finishing the first half on a 16-2 run, Baylor outscored the Gamecocks 19-3 to start the second half. They went up 64-53 with just over 14 minutes left on Kevin Rogers' dunk after a South Carolina turnover. With the score knotted at 53, Henry Dugat scored to give the Bears their first lead since just over two minutes in. After he was fouled but missed at the line, Dugat raced to grab the rebound and scored on a layup for a four-point play--and a four-point lead. South Carolina never got closer as the Bears snapped a 25-game road losing streak. After going down 44-24 in the first half, Baylor outscored the Gamecocks 47-12 en route to a 71-56 lead on Dunns 3-pointer. South Carolina did try to rally, pulling within 88-84 with under a minute to go, but the Bears held on. They hit nine of 12 free throws--five of six by Curtis Jerrells, who had 20 points. The Gamecocks were led by Brandis Raley-Ross and Devan Downey with 18 points apiece, while Baylor's Rogers had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

See you at the Ferrell Center this afternoon; I'm off To the Hizzeeeeee! AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE. (had to get both of those in since we were on vacation for New Year's Day.)

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